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City of license Charlottesville, Virginia
Broadcast area Charlottesville, Virginia
Albemarle County, Virginia
Branding "NewsRadio 1070 WINA"
Slogan "Stimulating Talk for Charlottesville"
Frequency 1070 kHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1949
Format News/Talk/Sports
Power 5,000 Watts day and night
Class B
Facility ID 10649
Transmitter coordinates 38°5′22.0″N 78°30′14.0″W / 38.089444°N 78.503889°W / 38.089444; -78.503889
Callsign meaning W VirgINiA
Affiliations CBS Radio News
Owner Saga Communications
Sister stations WCNR, WQMZ, WVAX, WWWV
Webcast WINA Webstream
Website WINA Online

WINA is a News/Talk/Sports formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Charlottesville, Virginia, serving Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia. WINA is owned and operated by Saga Communications.[1]


WINA AM was founded in 1949 on 1400 kHz. In May 1957 Don Heyne, President of Charlottesville Broadcasting, announced a merger of WINA AM FM with WJMA AM in Orange, VA.[2] The stations operated independently until April 1961 when WJMA was sold to WJMA Incorporated.[3] In 1969, WINA AM changed to 1070 kHz in order to have a channel which was allowed more broadcasting power.

In 1970 Laurence E. Richardson purchased Charlottesville Broadcasting Corporation from the original owners, headed by Don Heyne. Included with WINA was WQMC FM. WINA while carrying a "middle of the road" music format increased the size of the news staff as well as the number of daily local newscasts and became an annual recipient of Associated Press and Virginia Association of Broadcasters awards for outstanding news coverage. It also developed The Virginia News Network with affiliates throughout the state of Virginia. The station also secured the rights to University of Virginia Sports broadcasts and is the originator and flagship station for the statewide network.

During the 1990s, the music format was dropped and the station transitioned to an all news/talk format. In the late 90s, Charlottesville Broadcasting Corporation, merged with Eure Communications, owned by William L. Eure Jr., owners of crosstown WCHV-AM and WWWV-FM. Upon the death of Mr. Richardson in 1998 Eure Communications became the sole owner of WINA.

In October 2004, Charlottesville-based Eure Communications agreed to sell WINA, along with its other stations, to Saga Communications.[4]

After Michael Savage's comments on Autism, WINA dropped the show from its lineup replacing it with Dave Ramsey.[5]


Along with local news coverage, local talk shows are also heard on WINA including "The WINA Morning Show" hosted by Rick Daniels and Jane Foy; "Charlottesville — Right Now!" hosted by author and historian Coy Barefoot; "The Schilling Show" hosted by former Charlottesville City Councilor Rob Schilling; and "The Best Seat In The House" sports with host Jay James. WINA is also the flagship station for the University of Virginia Sports Radio Network. WINA is broadcast in HD on WQMZ, 95.1 FM HD-2 and on WCNR, 106.1 FM HD-2.[6]


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